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OK I know there have been topics like this before, but my ideal BC would be non-hormonal but would still stop me from getting a period. The IUD is causing some problems, and I may need to get it taken out. Does anybody know if the low-dose pills have fewer side effects, or if one hormone has fewer side effects than others?? Please share your experiences with such things, if you will! Thanks!

Megan

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I talked with my gyno about my bp issues, etc. and she gave me NuvaRing to try...Haven't tried it yet..wonder if anyone else has though.

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i just started taking ortho tricyclen, before i was taking ortho tricyclen lo. i will let you know how it does. the gyn told me to take it in such a way that i will only get my period every other month or she said i may not at all. i have only taken 2 pills so far though.

dionna :wub:

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I've been using NuvaRing for about a year. It's not completely regulating my periods, but I think my system was pretty seriously out of whack when I started. It does make them lighter and noticeably shorter. It's the only hormonal birth control I've taken, so I can't compare it to pills. I'm probably going to try something else, maybe something stronger, and see what it does.

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in general anything in a lower dose is going to have less chance of side effects than the same thing or something similar in a higher dose. of course that's not a guarantee for an individual person or a specific medication.

i took levlite for several years, a very low dose pill, solely for the purpose of suppressing my periods and the accompanying dramatic increase in autonomic symptoms (especially hypotension). about 2 years ago i was switched to seasonale, a slightly higher dose pill, due to abnormal ovarian cysts i had developed (which is unusual for someone on birth control). i haven't had any problems with either med.

hope this helps,

:wub: melissa

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Hello!

I know we are all so different but here's my experience:

I tried Ortho-Tri Cyclen for about a month and I felt extremely "edgey" and even frustrated/angry while on it. I definitely needed something more mild so my Dr. prescribed Yasmin. I've been on it now for 4 years and I think it's great!! I have absolutely no side effects. (I usually take it continually for 2 months at a time.)

Hope this helps,

Lisa

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The progesterone component of Yasmin is drospirenone, which is chemically similar to the diuretic spironolactone. It has antimineralocorticoid activity (i.e., it does the opposite of what Florinef does). Probably a really really bad idea for most women with POTS. It is contraindicated in women with adrenal insufficiency.

http://berlex.com/html/products/pi/fhc/Yasmin_PI.pdf

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My daughter and myself (both POTS) take Yasmin with NO side effects what-so-ever like lisa.

We read about it from past posts here, and our respective doctors both suggested it due to low hormone amounts, and for my daughter, the anti-acne side effects. My family believes low hormones are definitely better with regards to POTS, and our docs, including Dr. G aren't worried about our use of Yasmin at all.

Hope you find something that works.

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